Articles | Volume 21, issue 10
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-21-5165-2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-21-5165-2017
Research article
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12 Oct 2017
Research article |  | 12 Oct 2017

Convective rainfall in a dry climate: relations with synoptic systems and flash-flood generation in the Dead Sea region

Idit Belachsen, Francesco Marra, Nadav Peleg, and Efrat Morin

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Spatiotemporal rainfall patterns in arid environments are not well-known. We derived properties of convective rain cells over the arid Dead Sea region from a long-term radar archive. We found differences in cell properties between synoptic systems and between flash-flood and non-flash-flood events. Large flash floods are associated with slow rain cells, directed downstream with the main catchment axis. Results from this work can be used for hydrological models and stochastic storm simulations.